Today in history for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013


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Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2013, 6:00 am
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Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2013. There are 313 days left in the year.
1863 -- 150 years ago: The conscription law still excites public indignation. Men ofmeans, however, are jubilant at getting clear upon the payment of $300.
1888 -- 125 years ago: The logging season, which annually opens hundreds of jobs inRock Island Mills, likely will open within a week or two.
1913 -- 100 years ago: The ninth annual Ball of the Progressive Railway Lodge No.695, Industrial Association of Machinists, will be held tomorrow night in Industrial Hall,Rock Island. George W. Gunther, Ray D. Gerlich and Otto L. Siegrist are members of theplanning committee.
1938 -- 75 years ago: Plans to put Rock Island's Works Progress Administration sidewalk repair program inoperation were announced today.
1963 -- 50 years ago: Soprano Maria Baldwin, a graduate of Moline High School, hassigned a contract to sing with the Metropolitan Opera, beginning next season. As far as isknown, she is the first Moliner ever to get a Metropolitan contract.
1988 -- 25 years ago: The children's department of the Moline Public Library will say"Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss" from 2 to 3 p.m. March 5 at the main library. This hour is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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